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Kala is the second studio album by British musical artist M.I.A., released on August 20, 2007 on XL Records (see 2007 in music). The album was mainly written and produced by M.I.A. and collaborator Switch. Upon release, Kala was hailed by critics and was ranked as one of the best albums of the year by several publications.

Track listing

# Title Songwriter(s) Other Featured guest(s) Time
1 "Bamboo Banga" Mathangi Arulpragasam, Ilaiyaraaja, Jonathan Richman, Dave Taylor Opening words contain lyrics of "Roadrunner" from Jonathan Richman's The Modern Lovers (1976). Elements of the song "Kaattukkuyilu" from Ilaiyaraaja's soundtrack of the 1991 Tamil film Dalapathi are also heard. 4:58
2 "Bird Flu" M. Arulpragasam, R. P. Patnaik, D. Taylor Incorporates elements of "Thirvizha Na Vantha" composed by R. P. Patnaik, from the Tamil film Jayam. 3:24
3 "Boyz" M. Arulpragasam, D. Taylor 3:27
4 "Jimmy" M. Arulpragasam, Bappi Lahiri, D. Taylor Reworked cover of the song "Jimmy Jimmy Aaja" composed by Bappi Lahiri from the 1982 Bollywood film Disco Dancer. Contains new lyrics by Mathangi Arulpragasam.<ref name=kalalinernotes/> 3:29
5 "Hussel" M. Arulpragasam, Wesley Pentz, D. Taylor Afrikan Boy 4:25
6 "Mango Pickle Down River" Brendan Adams, M. Arulpragasam, Buddy Blair, Keith Dutton, Walter Ebsworth, Roy Johnson, Lendal King, Morgan Lewis, Daniel M. Wright Remixed from the original recording by the Wilcannia Mob ("Down River").<ref name=kalalinernotes/> The Wilcannia Mob 3:53
7 "20 Dollar" M. Arulpragasam, Charles Thomson, D. Taylor Contains lyrics of the Pixies' song "Where Is My Mind?" as the song's chorus.<ref name=kalalinernotes/> 4:34
8 "World Town" M. Arulpragasam, Blaqstarr, D. Taylor Incorporates "Hands Up, Thumbs Down" written by Blaqstarr in the chorus.<ref name=kalalinernotes/> 3:53
9 "The Turn" M. Arulpragasam, Blaqstarr 3:52
10 "XR2" M. Arulpragasam, W. Pentz 4:20
11 "Paper Planes" M. Arulpragasam, Mick Jones, Topper Headon, W. Pentz, Paul Simonon, Joe Strummer "Paper Planes" interpolates The Clash's 1982 song "Straight to Hell." 3:24
12 "Come Around" M. Arulpragasam, Timothy Clayton, Timothy Mosley Timbaland 3:53
13 "Far Far" (bonus track) M. Arulpragasam, D. Taylor 3:24
14 "Big Branch" (iTunes bonus track) M. Arulpragasam, W. Pentz 2:44
15 "What I Got" (bonus track) M. Arulpragasam, C. Smith 3:24
16 "Birdflu (Cavemen Remix)" (Best Buy bonus track) M. Arulpragasam, R. P. Patnaik, D. Taylor 3:18

"Big Branch" appears as track thirteen on the U.S. and UK iTunes versions as a bonus track, while the Cavemen Remix of "Birdflu" comes as a bonus download with purchase of the Best Buy edition in the United States. The track listing was confirmed on M.I.A.'s official website in May 2007.

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